The British Crown unveils the official portrait of King Charles III

Buckingham Palace revealed this Tuesday (14) The first official portrait of Charles III after his coronationPainted by renowned British artist Jonathan Yeo, with a red background and a silhouette of the King in the same colored uniform.

The painting shows the sovereign from the front, wearing the uniform of the Welsh Guards, a regiment of which he has been colonel since 1975 and whose red color serves as the motif for the entire painting.

Its author, Jonathan Yeo, is a British artist recognized for his numerous portraits of personalities such as former Prime Ministers Tony Blair and David Cameron, actor and actress Kevin Spacey, Nicole Kidman, Jude Law and Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai.

The artist has painted portraits of several members of the royal family in the past, such as Camilla and Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband before she became queen.

The painting, measuring 2.6 by 2 metres, was created in 2020 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Charles’s membership of the British Textile Guild, one of London’s historic trade guilds.

The king posed for the painter four times, the last time in November 2023, more than a year after ascending the throne.

In his initial project, Jonathan Yeo added a small butterfly flying on the sovereign’s back at his request, to reflect “his passion for nature and the environment”, the artist said in his speech at the presentation of the work. . Tuesday at Buckingham Palace.

“When I began this project, His Majesty the King was still the Prince of Wales, and the butterfly I painted flying behind his back, the picture evolved into a function of its object in our public life”, the painter Statement announced.

He added, “In this case, my aim was also to reference royal portraiture traditions, but in a way that reflects 21st-century monarchy and, above all, reflects the deep humanity of the king”.

The picture will be displayed for several weeks in a London gallery, before being moved to Drapers’ Hall, the headquarters of The Drapers’ Company.

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